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Driver faces DUI, other charges in Cumberland Farms crash

Updated 3:13 pm, Monday, March 31, 2014

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  • Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina, 31, was arrested Monday on a warrant, charged with driving under the influence. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen

    Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina, 31, was arrested Monday on a warrant, charged with driving under the influence.

    Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The woman who sped off an Interstate 95 exit ramp last week and crashed into the Cumberland Farms gas station on Kings Highway was arrested Monday and charged with driving under the influence.

Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina, 31, of Howard Avenue, Bridgeport, was taken into custody at the Bridgeport Police Department.

She was also charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, reckless driving, passing on the right, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Chavarria-Medina was released on a $5,000 bond.

The March 24 crash sent four people to the hospital and damaged five other cars, although no one suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.

Chavarria-Medina had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, according to police, and was driving about 70 mph when she sped without appearing to apply the brakes when she careened off I-95's southbound Exit 24.

She left St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport before the arrest warrant was signed last Thursday, and police had been looking for Chavarria-Medina since then.

"She has several different pieces of state ID all with different addresses," Police Chief Gary MacNamara said last week. "We certainly want to arrest this woman so that she doesn't hurt anyone else."